Gina Raimondo http://ripr.org en TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-31 <p>There are few places better than Rhode Island in the summer -- and that's doubly true for political junkies thanks to our very busy election season. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, and feel free to share your tips and thoughts via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can also follow me all week long <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:08:04 +0000 Ian Donnis 36942 at http://ripr.org Taveras, Raimondo Scrap Over Wall Street Influence http://ripr.org/post/taveras-raimondo-scrap-over-wall-street-influence <p>Angel Taveras' Democratic gubernatorial campaign used a statement released Monday to press its central line of attack against his main rival, Gina Raimondo, charging she's closely aligned with Wall Street interests. Raimondo's campaign responded by disputing the message and expressing disappointment "in the increasingly personal and negative nature of the mayor's campaign."</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:14:50 +0000 Ian Donnis 36708 at http://ripr.org Taveras Calls Teacher Firings a "Mistake" http://ripr.org/post/taveras-calls-teacher-firings-mistake <p>Speaking Tuesday night at a special edition of RIPR's Political Roundtable, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said he made "a very public mistake" when he fired every Providence public school teacher early on in his tenure as mayor.</p><p>At the time, Taveras said the firings would give the city flexibility in the midst of a financial crisis.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:24:51 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 36448 at http://ripr.org Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate http://ripr.org/post/rhody-votes-14-dems-governor-debate <p>The Democratic candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions.&nbsp;</p><p>You can hear the program in its three segments here:</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:25:43 +0000 Catherine Welch 36435 at http://ripr.org Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-were-trying-keep-politics-focused-issues-will-you-help <p>You may be fed up with Rhode Island politics. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says now is no time for Rhode Islanders to retreat into a cocoon of apathy.</p><p></p><p></p><p>It’s the high season of summer in our corner of southeastern New England. A time of blue skies, fluffy whipped cream clouds and sun-washed surf. It’s what many of us consider our best season. Proust had his madeleines. Rhode Island natives have our childhood memories stirred by plates stacked high with steamers, saugys and clambakes on the beach.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:04:57 +0000 Scott MacKay 36150 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: We're Trying To Keep Politics Focused On Issues. Will You Help? RI Democratic Party to Skip Endorsement in Primary for Governor http://ripr.org/post/ri-democratic-party-skip-endorsement-primary-governor <p>There won't be a Rhode Island Democratic Party in this year's hard-fought primary between Gina Raimondo, Angel Taveras, and Clay Pell.</p><p>In a note to Democratic state reps yesterday, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello writes, "In preparation for the Rhode Island Democratic Party's Endorsement Meeting on Sunday night, I wanted to inform you that the three major candidates for Governor have agreed to a 'no endorsement' from the party."</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:19:34 +0000 Ian Donnis 35443 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-governor-campaign-democrats-republicans-republicans-democrats <p>Rhode Island’s modern political history is filled with bitter Democratic primaries for governor. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay&nbsp; says this campaign season it is the Republicans who are bashing each other.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island voters have not elected a Democratic governor since 1992, when Bruce Sundlun decisively beat Republican Betty Leonard. There are many factors contributing to this Democratic Statehouse futility.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:18:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 35086 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Governor Campaign, Democrats as Republicans, Republicans as Democrats Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Spar At First Televised Debate http://ripr.org/post/democratic-gubernatorial-hopefuls-spar-first-televised-debate <p>The three major Democratic candidates for governor offered their views on jobs, education and other issues during an hour-long debate Tuesday. The forum sponsored by WPRI and the Providence Journal came with less than three months until the September 9<sup>th</sup> primary.</p><p></p><p></p><p>State Treasurer Gina Raimondo pointed to the pension overhaul she spearheaded in 2011 as proof of her leadership skills. Raimondo said the overhaul significantly reduced Rhode Island’s long-term pension bill.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:56:56 +0000 Ian Donnis 34994 at http://ripr.org Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Spar At First Televised Debate Few sparks in first televised Democratic governor debate http://ripr.org/post/few-sparks-first-televised-democratic-governor-debate <p>The 2014 Rhode Island campaign for governor began in earnest tonight as Democratic primary aspirants Angel Taveras, Clay Pell and Gina Raimondo met in a live televised debate on WPRI-TV that was far more remarkable for policy agreements than disagreements or the sharp, thrust-and-parry exchanges emblematic of Democratic primaries of yore.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:46:34 +0000 Scott MacKay 34973 at http://ripr.org TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media http://ripr.org/post/tgif-12-things-know-about-rhode-island-politics-media-26 <p>Welcome back to my Friday column. You know summer isn't far behind when a budget emerges in the General Assembly and gubernatorial candidates increasingly take to the airwaves. Your tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week<a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon"> on the twitters</a>. Let's get to it.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:16:05 +0000 Ian Donnis 34788 at http://ripr.org